Seek and Destroy (Muda)

(electric guitar plays)

Alright!

Scanning the scene
in the city tonight
We’re looking for you
to start up a fight
There’s an evil feeling in our brains
But it’s nothing new
you know it drives us insane.

Back in the Day

Ah yes, for some of you these lyrics likely bring back some memories. They do for me. You see, as a young man I was, how should I say, far more rebellious and wild than I am today. And believe it or not… I used to belt out these very lyrics as the lead singer of my heavy medal rock band – crazy hair, earring and all. I’m dead serious.

Seek and Destroy Muda

For those that aren’t aware the song lyrics above are from the song “Seek and Destroy” by Metallica.

I actually heard this song a few days ago and got to thinking that while I’m pretty sure James and the boys never meant for this little ballad to describe how we lean and six sigma folks should set off to attack things like muda (waste)… it actually does the job well.

I mean we should always be looking to pick a fight with muda – any time, any place.

And while I am not sure evil is the first word I would use to describe the optimal mindset as we go to battle with muda… let’s go with it. I mean if we despise muda, and we should, evil probably works.

And finally, muda is nothing new. People have been battling it for many, many years.  And for some (see Big 3) muda can definitely bring on feelings similar to insanity if not dealt with properly.

Running,
On our way
Hiding,
You will be
Dying,
One thousand deaths
Running,
On our way
Hiding,
You will be
Dying,
One thousand deaths
Searching,
Seek and Destroy
Searching,
Seek and Destroy (MUDA)!

2 Comments

  1. Alex Shalman

    December 18, 2008 - 9:39 pm

    I was a huge Metallica fan growing up and love the analogy! I think I may even pull out some of their old CD’s tomorrow.

  2. Brad Davidson

    December 19, 2008 - 9:55 am

    You have given me a great idea. I plan to make my whole team listen to the Master of Puppets CD before our next Kaizen Event. If that doesn’t prepare them nothing will. 😉